Archive for the Grizzly Bear Physiology Category
This is a photo of the bear we named “Cheetah” on the first day I met her. (We were to become good friends). When her fur is dry, she is one of the lightest colored grizzly bears I’ve ever seen. Cheetah walked up to us, curious but never ever aggressive. She was a grizzly who was very comfortable around people, but quite cranky around other bears. Her large size and attitude allowed her to bully other bears who invaded her personal space.
For some reason the white color variation on grizzly bears in Alaska seems more prominent in the female bears. Perhaps it is a genetic trait expressed by female bears? The high concentration of white grizzlies in particular bays on the coast of Katmai National Park makes one wonder if related female grizzlies have close home ranges.